Doggie daycare can be a great way for your dog to socialize and run off energy! Choosing the right dog daycare is important because you want to make sure it is safe for your furbaby. Many researchers give them a “thumbs up”, but say they shouldn’t replace the time you spend with your BFF. (Obvs!!) Here’s how we researched and chose our Husky dog’s daycare!
Why Doggie Daycare?
When we first got Sassy, my husband was on midnights and I worked regular office hours. Sassy was only home by herself for a few hours of the day. But when my husband switched jobs and went to day shift, it meant Sassy had to be home alone by herself. It made for some long days for her and we started to feel really bad for her.
She had tons of Husky energy that needed to be burned off by the time we were most tired too. We decided to start looking into putting her in doggie daycare a few days a week so she could make friends, become more socialized and use all that pent-up energy.
Researching Daycare Cost
The first thing we evaluated was the cost. It can be costly if you have your dog go every day. We decided to start out doing two days a week. At the time, I could come home and let her out a bit during my lunch hour so it didn’t make sense to send her daily. Also, the first daycare she was enrolled in liked to know when to expect her so they could manage daycare headcount.
Doing a Temperament Test
I called to set up an appointment for Sassy to do a ‘temperament test’ at the facility. We also got to see where she would play and hang out with her new friends. Since Sass hadn’t been around other people or dogs, she was pretty nervous at first. We decided we would enroll her and she was able to start immediately.
First Day at Daycare
The first day she came home after a full day at daycare, she was completely worn out and exhausted. She napped most of the evening and they said she had so much fun! She has moved to a different daycare since I switched jobs too and the staff there have become family. They care so well for the dogs, it is always clean and we couldn’t ask for a better place for Sass to make friends and run off all that Husky energy.
Choosing a Daycare
Doggy daycares are popping up like crazy these days, so it’s good to inspect the facility and ask a lot of questions before you commit to one. Our daycare requires that dogs be fixed and have up-to-date immunizations. If they do not, they are not allowed in daycare for safety reasons. They are supervised 100% of the time they are there. They get a lunchtime and I pack Sassy’s lunch daily when I’m packing mine.
Bonus: Boarding at Your Dog’s Daycare
Our daycare is also a boarding facility so we board her at the same place. She is familiar with the workers and other dogs, making boarding her 100x easier for us all. I feel so much better knowing she is in great hands when we leave to travel.